Saturday, January 11, 2014

ACLU Sues over Mandatory Drug Tests

Pat Anson, National Pain Report, January 10, 2014

In one of the first lawsuits of its kind, the American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana challenging the constitutionality of a new rule requiring some pain patients to submit to mandatory drug testing.

The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Indianapolis, seeks a court order to prohibit the Licensing Board from requiring patients who receive certain levels of opioid pain medications to sign a “Treatment Agreement” that consents to drug testing at least once a year.

The rule took effect in Indiana last month, but does not require drug tests until January 1, 2015. Physicians who don’t comply with the rule risk losing their license to practice medicine in Indiana.

Similar drug testing rules and policies for pain patients are already in effect around the country at private medical practices and pain management clinics.

You can read the full article at National Pain Report.

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